11 Gift Ideas for Runners
Shopping for a runner in your life? The best Nike gifts for runners will inspire and motivate — while keeping them geared up for many miles to come.
Whether the runner in your life is a casual athlete, avid trail-runner, competitive marathoner or anything in between, they can never have too much gear. After all, running shoes should be replaced after about 300 to 500 miles of wear, and changing seasons call for different pieces of apparel and accessories to brave the elements.
“Just like I say all the time, every run has a purpose. Well, everything you wear has a purpose, too,” said Chris Bennett, Nike global running head coach. “Every single run can be a little bit better based on those investments.”
According to Bennett, when it comes to gear, there’s not much more a runner truly needs beyond a pair of good running shoes and some performance running apparel. If you’re looking to help someone level up their running, check out 11 of the best gifts from Nike for runners.
11 Best Gift Ideas for Runners from Nike
1. Sweat-Wicking Running Leggings or Pants
Can you run in any pair of pants or leggings? Sure. But a great pair of running pants or leggings will stay in place without riding up, wick sweat away from the skin and help reduce chafing.
Nike Dri-FIT materials are designed to disperse moisture across the surface of the fabric for faster evaporation. They quickly dry and feel lightweight and breathable. Look for a pair with an adjustable drawstring for a customizable fit and pockets for convenient storage of small items, like an ID card or keys.
2. Running Jacket
Most runners, no matter where they live, can benefit from a running jacket at some point in the year. Whether it’s an extra layer during chilly, early-morning runs, a protective shell in the rain or snow or a top with reflective details, having a performance running jacket on hand can help motivate the runner in your life to get out the door for their run — no matter the conditions — while staying safe.
3. Nike Pegasus Running Shoes
The Nike Pegasus is one of the most iconic Nike running shoes. This shoe is built to be a workhorse — it’s a reliable training partner with foam cushioning. The underfoot Zoom Air units provide support on the roads or trails as miles add up. There’s also a waterproof Nike Pegasus specifically built for trail running, with durable traction on the sole and a gaiter at the collar to keep debris and water from getting inside the shoe.
4. Running Sunglasses
“The difference between squinting for an entire run because it's sunny and not squinting is so dramatic but also overlooked,” Bennett said. “It takes energy to squint, and why are you wasting energy squinting when you could just have a nice, relaxed face on a run?”
Sunglasses specifically made for running are designed to stay put on your face, reduce fogging, protect the eyes from dust and rain and eliminate glare from the sun.
5. Running Socks
High-quality, sweat-wicking running socks can help keep runners’ feet from getting sweaty and can also help fend off blisters. Nike running socks come in four different heights (no-show, ankle, crew and knee-high) to mix it up.
6. Running Shorts
For days when runners want to let the legs breathe, having a pair of breezy, lightweight running shorts is key. Nike offers a variety of options, including lined and unlined shorts, pairs with pockets, as well as tight- or loose-fitting styles.
7. Running Hydration Belt
Staying hydrated before, during and after a run is critical for optimal performance and recovery. Runners who are training for longer distances or in the heat may benefit from a running hydration belt equipped with small flasks to carry fluids on the go. Plus, the zippered storage on these belts offers extra space to store energy gels, snacks or other fuel.
9. Running Tank Top
To keep cool, a lightweight running tank is helpful to have in the wardrobe for warm-weather training and racing. If you’re shopping for someone who has an upcoming race in hot conditions, check out the Aeroswift Collection for Nike’s pinnacle racing gear. This performance apparel is made for speed, with streamlined designs that are lightweight and sleek.
10. Running Hat or Headband
Running headgear can offer sun protection, sweat absorption and warmth. Nike offers several different styles of running hats for a variety of types of runs and climates, including beanies, caps, visors and bucket hats.
A running headband can also be a thoughtful gift to help keep runners’ hair in place, while also helping absorb sweat and keep it from dripping into their eyes.
11. Running Gloves
If you’re shopping for someone who lives in a cooler climate or is training for a fall or winter race, consider gifting them a pair of running gloves. Nike offers running gloves and mittens that block out wind and water while wicking sweat away from the hands, so they can stay warm without getting clammy or overheated.
Words by Emily Shiffer